We've been telling you about our giveaway throughout the A to Z Challenge and Ultimate Blog Challenge. Since you stuck with us throughout the madness, we're giving you some swag. I'm ready to announce the complete giveaway basket, and ready for you to win!
The basket is a treasure trove of goodies for health-conscious pet parents and their beloved pups. We have $80 worth of items, including:
While we do love all of our international blog friends, we do have to keep the giveaway stateside--Only continental US entries will be included. The giveaway is open for two weeks. After that, we'll notify the winners. A blog comment is mandatory so that we can email the winners at the address they provide. A valid email is required--don't worry though, you're email isn't publicized. Winners who do not respond within 48 hours will be replaced with another winner. After winners have been confirmed, I'll email the winners to get their address so that the prize can be mailed. **If you have any problems with the giveaway, email me at canismajortreats (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!
W is for working dogs that wow. It was originally going to be a post about walking your dog, but as you know, I'm a day behind in the A to Z Challenge, so I'm catching up by shorting my posts today and tomorrow. Instead of talking about walking Arie, I thought this might be the perfect time to showcase some amazing dogs I saw at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, one of the best annual festivals in the area. The festival features a great deal of art, and goes more into fine art than into craftsy stuff. I purchased my first true artist painting that wasn't from a store like Target or World Market and that wasn't painted by a friend (though they are some amazing artists).
After checking out the art and stopping for a bite to eat, I stopped by to see Disc Dog Exhibition. The show features talented pets and their trainers fetching disks in style. My phone doesn't zoom in all that great, but you can still see two amazing catches in these quick snippet videos I was able to take:
Though these dogs, mostly Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, are technically in the "herding group" at Westminster (there, another W word as a trade off) I consider them to be extremely hard working dogs, hence the title.
The weather was great, I came home with a beautiful art piece, and I got to see some dogs strut their stuff with athletic poise. What was the last great dog event you went to?
S brings us to Single Volunteers Atlanta, and the reason why R was delayed.
I have just recently joined the newly founded group, Single Volunteers Atlanta. This is the Atlanta chapter of the nation-wide organization, Single Volunteers, which brings singles that want to help their community together to meet other people who also want to make a difference. It's a way to make friends and meet people from all backgrounds that share your passion for making a difference. So far, the Atlanta Chapter is off to a good start, already participating in two events, the second of which is one after my own heart: The Atlanta Pet Parade.
SVA has many animals lovers as members. Though the club will help in many ways with all interests, whether it's helping the elderly, children, to build new homes, etc, we also will do several animal-oriented events throughout this year. Our first animal-centered event was today--The Atlanta Pet Parade. We had to sign up a little late to help, and were left with the 5:45 AM spot. ...that's right. 5:45 AM. With determination in our hearts, we stood up to the challenge and accepted (coffee in hand of course).
Yesterday's post was delayed as I went straight from work to a fellow volunteer's home, as she happens to live much closer to Atlantic Station, the site of the event. I didn't want to be a rude house guest and blog while at someone else's home, hence the delay for the lovely letter R. :) To make up for my faltering in my challenges, I hope you will enjoy a few of the photos I was able to grab while setting up for the Pet Parade...and the sweet depictions of Bear, the Parade's Grand Marshall.
With the early morning time slot, SVA was responsible for helping to unload tables, tents, chairs, and more from various trucks to help the Atlanta Human Society set up for the Pet Parade. Afterwards, various rescue groups and pet businesses shuffled in to set up their things, including the German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Georgia. You can see the two beautiful GSD's they brought with them in our Facebook album.
Now it's time to learn about Bear. Bear stole my heart the second he got out of a truck. Bear does not have use of his back legs--I didn't get the story on how this happened, but did get to meet his pet parents, who help with the Atlanta Humane Society. Bear can scoot around on grass, and lounge on his pillow on his own.
When Bear needs to get on the move, he has a special cart/chair/appliance that helps him get around, wheelchair style.
Though he moves in a way that differs from other dogs, don't underestimate this little guy. Bear can book it when he needs to, and really knows how to blaze a trail--He also gets to show off his skills as the Grand Marshall of the pet parade, leading the way.
The Pet Parade was a blast, and after setting up the SVA team was able to grab some brunch and head for our beds. With caffeine still in hand to keep me going, I'm able to be functional enough to write this for you all before crashing again for a good night's rest. If you're in the Atlanta area, love pets, are single, and want to make a difference, shoot me an email about Single Volunteer's Atlanta, or drop a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!
When I started this in August (was it August?) it was to be my creative outlet away from work. I work in the Social Media industry, and literally spend eight hours each work day looking over blogs, editing and creating content, and helping clients to hone their presence on Facebook and Twitter.
When I went to college, I was an avid reader. When I got out of college, I realized I hadn't read a book for pleasure in four years, thanks to a heavy course load in the history department where each class averaged 3-12 books each semester. I started to see that the same thing was happening to me in my career--I wasn't writing much or spending time on social networks outside of work because I was on them all day already. I didn't want to give up my passion for writing or connecting to others, so Life with Arie was born. I honestly didn't know if I would be writing to just myself or the three to five readers I expected to get; I was pleasantly surprised to discover an amazing network of pet lovers writing regular, well-written, witty and inspiring content, and have loved every minute of getting to know you all. Some of our blogger friends have welcomed us to the fold with kind blogger awards that circulate the blogging community, and we're happy to share them now (sorry for the long delay, lovelies.)
The Kreativ Blogger award was given to us by the other members of what I call the "Life with..." club, Lauren, and, well, Lauren. Lauren from Life with Desmond gave the award to myself and to Lauren with Life with Claire, who then passed the award to me for a second time. The award comes with the following instructions: Share a few things your readers and friends probably don't know about you, and then pass it along to six other blogs! Here it goes:
Now, to pass on the award, I'm *trying* to give the Kreative Blogger award to blogs who may not have received it and to a few new friends I've enjoyed reading.
The other award we received was kindly passed on to us from "Luna, A Dog's Life," by Luna and her amazing two daddies. As instructed, I have copied and pasted the blog award itself and the information that goes with it:
Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:
1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.
3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs we chose will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
While I'm not sure how many followers they have, we're passing the award on to a few of our "dearest" friends online, again trying to get the ones who haven't yet received the award. If we overlap, we're sorry!
Thanks everyone for the awards, and please check out these amazing bloggers! We love reading their posts, and we know you will too!
I've never really been what you would call a "breed enthusiast". I love dogs, all dogs, and pretty much all animals for that matter. Still, as I've mentioned in previous posts, German Shepherds, especially White German Shepherds, have stolen my heart completely.
This infatuation has led me to countless hours of research and plenty of "new car experiences". What is a new car experience? Think of it this way:
When you get a new car or think about buying a certain car, you'll start seeing that car EVERYWHERE. No joke. Next time you're shopping for a car, you'll realize your having the new car experience, as you will notice that car every time it passes it on the interstate, when you pass one in a parking lot, or when one is parked on your street. It's like having a stalker, but with a purchase you're about to make.
I have "new car experiences" with German Shepherds. I've started seeing them everywhere (which makes sense since they're one of the most popular breeds in the country); I've even seen White Shepherds everywhere, and often chase down their owners to chat them up about their dog. Creepy? Maybe a little. I should mention though that it's in acceptable situations...like when they're passing me on the sidewalk with the pup or at the dog park. (I hope that makes it a little more acceptable). Friends are starting to see them everywhere too, apparently. Lauren from Life with Claire even routinely texts me pictures of White German Shepherds she sees around town. Here is one she sent me recently of an adorable puppy:
After my research, numerous new car experiences, and having my heart stolen by these energetic love bugs, I have finally put my obsession with German Shepherds to good use--I'm the Atlanta German Shepherd Examiner!
I was inspired to take on this writing initiative after speaking with our friend Lauren from Life with Desmond, who is the Long Island Dogs Examiner. Check out her stories--they're definitely worth a read.
I'm starting on my content calendar for the Examiner position, and I'd love to hear from you what you think I should talk about. Be sure to leave a few ideas in the comments section here! In addition to your ideas, have you noticed "new car experience" in your own life, or with your pet's breeds/general looks?
PS: If you're thinking about becoming an Examiner, email me or leave a comment for me to get in touch with you. I'd love to talk to you about the experience!
I'm all about large breed dogs--Hence my 95 lb beast of a German Shepherd. Yet, I volunteer at Atlanta Pet Rescue, which primarily rescues small breeds and cats. So why, one might ask, would I want to volunteer with them? Atlanta Pet Rescue has been a wonderful place to volunteer--The animals are healthy, happy, and well loved. They don't seem despondent or depressed when you visit them in their spaces. They get positive training to help them with any bad habits. Pet parents follow up with the rescue after adopting because they have such wonderful experiences there.
Getting on to my point, I love this shelter, and I do all that I can to help them through volunteering, and, whenever possible donations. Our friend, Two Little Cavaliers, is hosting a giveaway now that will help bloggers earn a little moolah of their own while also earning money that goes straight to their favorite pet charity, in my case, Atlanta Pet Rescue. Here's the giveaway, which you can also view on Two Little Cavaliers:
In our last post, we reviewed the Dog Dash 5K, a great new running event for the athletic and animal loving in the Atlanta area. On the same day as the 5K there was another great Atlanta area pet event, the Atlanta Pet Expo. Vendors from around the metro-Atlanta area headed to the North Atlanta Trade Center in one of the massive pet-friendly Global Pet Expo events. From squeaky toys to natural treats, agility events to low cost vaccines, the pet expo had a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy.
We took time to check out the vendors, speak with various training companies (Arie is headed for a few classes soon) and to see the various adoptable pets at the Expo. I hate seeing them in their crates, and wish I could give them all a home, but that might send us towards an episode of Animal Hoarders, and we all know that is not a great situation for animals or people. Along the way we did meet a beautiful shepherd, a standard black and tan coloration, but with a beautiful long coat. She was a happy girl, and even posed for a photo:
In addition to this beautiful German Shepherd, there were other stars at the Atlanta Pet Expo. Are you a fan of the show Pit Boss on Animal Planet? Shorty Rossi, the lead on the show, along with his top dog and pit bull, Hercules, spoke at the event.
Though he did use the words "sack" and "testicles" enough times for parents to be looking sheepishly at their kids, his message about neutering your pets and ensuring that pits grow up in loving homes that understand training needs and proper pet care, was heard loud and clear. It was great to see someone else who has an appreciation for misused and abused breeds that are deemed "aggressive" and are met with discrimination. Though White German Shepherds have won my heart, I feel a strong connection with pit bull owners when it comes to negative Breed Specific Legislation and more.
Were you at the Atlanta Pet Expo? Tell us what you thought about the event.
I'm a little bit behind on my review of previous events, but the twelfth of November was a big day in Atlanta for pet lovers. I was lucky enough to attend two major events for pets, including the Dog Dash 5K, a relatively new 5K run that went to benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue (the shelter with which I volunteer) and the Atlanta Pet Expo, one of the huge Global Pet Expos that appear in cities around the country. Each had it's own brand of fun for pets and their parents. Here's our recap of the 5K, with the Atlanta Pet Expo recap to follow tomorrow.
I promised you coverage of my volunteering adventures with Atlanta Pet Rescue (APR), and due to communication and scheduling, the Dog Dash 5K was my first real chance to volunteer with the shelter. I was there with another volunteer, and our handsome companion, Vinny. He's kind of a big deal.
In addition to this little cutey, there were plenty of other dogs, including lesser known breeds (we can relate...many people don't know about White German Shepherds, and think that Arie is just a big, awkward husky). One man, who was the only one in the 60+ age bracket (way ta go! I hope to be running like that when I'm 60) came with his Tomaskan, Akeela.
The Dog Dash 5K, is, after all, a 5K, and many people turned out to run with their pets. There were dogs of every shape, breed, and size ready to go with their owners on the chilly November morning when it came time to start the race.
The runners and the dogs ran a nice 5K route around the Historic Fourth Ward Park, a beautiful spot in the city. They came back in at different intervals, but all of the racers performed well and made great time. Afterwards, they were greeted by vendors, water, bananas, and awards.
The Dog Dash 5K was an amazing event, and reminded me of how I want to get more into running, and to start running with Arie. Her strong shepherd gate and activity level are great for running, though we will have to watch her hips as we work on trimming mine down!
If you would like to help the Atlanta Pet Rescue like the Dog Dash 5K, you can purchase one of their calendars for $10. It's a great way to help the shelter and gives you adorable photos year round. If you're in the Atlanta area and thinking about adopting a pet, be sure to see their lovable and adoptable animals here.
Do you run with your dog? What are your tips for running with a dog for beginners?
If you follow Life with Arie on Twitter (@masdemoore) or on Facebook, chances are you saw our exciting announcement that we would be telling you about our giveaway on the blog...yesterday. We're finally able to tell you about the giveaway today!
Yesterday's delay was the result of a very awkward turn of events. After heading to her crate for some nightly shut eye, Arie decided she wanted to get my attention by scratching at her crate door. Somehow, she managed to get two of her paw pads through one slot in the door of her crate and was stuck. After a few minutes of both of us screaming, I got her paw loose and she was fine--besides having peed herself from fear, poor thing.
Needless to say, we all have awkward situations that arise in our life, like your dog somehow managing to get her paw stuck in a door. Sometimes, these awkward situations are captured by a camera--and in still other situations, we've actually posed for them.
Enter the awkward family photo. My parents' hallway is lined with fine examples of these, from a photo of my sister, mother, and I wearing matching dresses and huge 80's bows to family photos where one member of the family isn't ready, either starring daggers at someone else or still fixing their hair. The hilarious and well known book, Awkward Family Photos, became an over-night Internet sensation for compiling these awkward moments. Now, the authors are back with a sequel: Awkward Family Pet Photos.
I've had the privilege of reading this book, and I must say, it now stays in my cubicle at work for occasional relief from the mundane and as an escape into the hilarious misfortune of other people's awkward memories. Pet lovers and owners will have a special love for this book as they can relate and understand the situations these pets and the people who love get into in front of a camera.
Want to read this great book for yourself? I'll be giving it away to one lucky reader. Here's how to win:
Advertisement is all about reaching your target audience. You use images, personas, celebrities, sounds, even colors to reach the target demographic that you think will buy your product, or that hasn't been buying your product already.
Nestlé has started targeting a new audience with some of their commercials...a demographic others haven't tried to target through commercials before: Dogs.
Nestlé is "the world’s largest food and drink producer, [and] a no-nonsense selling machine when it comes to pet food, owning the world’s biggest franchise with annual sales of nearly CHF10 billion." It's only natural that they would begin to push the boundaries of advertising and start targeting their four legged audience.
So how does one target a canine through a commercial? Background sounds, like the sound of a squeaky toy, get your dog's attention. There are even some sounds that are not within the human range of hearing, and target canines alone.That, along with visual interest, like ingredients falling across the screen, will target two of their most sensitive of senses.
Each of these cues should help prompt your pet to show signs of excitement and happiness, getting them to perk up their ears and wag their tails. Some say that this is crossing the line, while others enjoy the fact that TV is now made somewhat specifically for their dog.
To see the provocative commercial, hit play below:
What do you think about advertisers targeting your pet? Do you think that it crosses a line in the sand, or that it's just the new horizon?